The CCPC Alcohol Misuse & Abuse Prevention Coalition specifically addresses underage drinking and adult overconsumption, along with some of the dangerous behaviors that result from overconsumption.
There are three categories of overconsumption:
- binge drinking
- heavy drinking
- alcohol abuse
Binge drinking is defined as a pattern of alcohol consumption that brings the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to 0.08% or more. This pattern of drinking usually corresponds to 5 or more drinks on a single occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on a single occasion for women, generally within about 2 hours.
Heavy drinking – For men, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming an average of more than 2 drinks per day, or more than 14 drinks per week. For women, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming an average of more than 1 drink per day, or more than 7 drinks per week.
Alcohol abuse is a pattern of drinking that result in harm to one’s health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. Manifestations of alcohol abuse include the following:
- Failure to fulfill major responsibilities at work, school, or home.
- Drinking in dangerous situations, such as drinking while driving or operating machinery.
- Legal problems related to alcohol, such as being arrested for drinking while driving or for physically hurting someone while drunk.
- Continued drinking despite ongoing relationship problems that are caused or worsened by drinking.
- Long-term alcohol abuse can turn into alcohol dependence.
Responsible Alcohol Server Training
TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) is the responsible alcohol server training offered free of charge through the Gillette Police Department and the Campbell County Prevention Council. Classes are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7 am and 1 pm at the 2nd floor Community Conference Room at the City of Gillette Building. RSVP to Leah at 307-686-5232. To learn more about TIPS, visit www.gettips.com. For more information on other approved alcohol server trainings, visit http://eliquor.wyoming.gov/index.aspx.
Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately by dialing 911, Gillette Police Department – 307-682-5155, or Campbell County Sheriff’s Office – 307-682-7271